Posts Tagged ‘sneakers’

Canvas Kicks: Part Four, Keds

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Warm weather is finally here and with its arrival we wrap up our series of perfect Summer time kicks with a serious American classic.  A true “O.G” in the canvas and rubber game, the Keds Champion first hit store shelves back in 1916 making them the oldest kicks to make our list.

A few years shy of their 100 year anniversary, Keds have stood the test of time and have proven themselves as a certified staple piece of classic footwear. There is no going wrong with a brand that offers the most basic of summer time appropriate footwear. The brands flagship silhouette, the Champion, pictured above, was originally offered in a just a few select colors.

Today, thanks to collaborative works with Taylor Swift and a few others, the Champion has stepped away from its one color only mentality, making use of seriously impressive prints and has even introduced a few modified versions of the classic, in the form of a slip-on and chukka.  What pair do you want for summer?

Photo via the Keds blog Brave Heats.

Canvas Kicks: Part Three, Volley

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Keeping the countdown going, our third brand of canvas summer time must haves comes from Australia, the land down under. Once a staple piece of tennis footwear, today Volley is as throwback as they get.

For Volley, the saying “less is more” is practically a way of life. In the brands hefty 70 year history the offerings have barely changed. A short lived high top take on the brands low profile Volley international was released in the 80’s. Give or take some subtle details, that move marks the most extreme change any Volley silhouette has gone through since it’s inception.

Originally designed as high end tennis shoes, Volley would get a lot of attention from blue collar workers and Australian “Bushwalkers” (hikers) thanks to its high grip outsole and seriously comfortable insole – like seriously comfortable insole.

Keeping the retro wave alive and well, today Volley builds each shoe according to the brands 1975 specifications, and have even re-introduced the ‘basketball boot’ version of the Volley International. While no longer the high caliber go-to on court kicks, of yesteryear, silhouettes like the Volley OC and the Volley International can still turn a few heads thanks to the brands unique, unmistakable silhouettes and use of printed canvas builds. 


Canvas Kicks: Part Two, Seavees

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

After kicking off our summertime fly canvas kicks countdown with Converse, we take things out west for a bit of that casual flavor. A California classic, SeaVees predates even Vans (which is crazy to think about). The brand caters to the laid back surfer lifestyle Southern Cali is known for by calling itself “Authentic California”.

During its initial run in the 60′s, the brand only lasted for 9 years. After taking a seriously long hiatus (the entire staff lost track of time surfing maybe?) it would be 40+ years later until the near forgotten SeaVees were reintroduced.

What stands out most about SeaVees, is how laid back the whole collection feels. Each pair caters perfectly to that whole, Life’s a long weekend, Monday brunch, sockless in the office, straight kickin’ it casual lifestyle. Silhouettes like the 2/64 Baja Slip On and the 8/63 Hermosa are each inspired by iconic Surfer-esque 60’s living references, like specific issues of “Surfer Magazine” or the dates of skateboard contests.

SeaVees are honestly a must have this summer. Especially if you’re wishing for that Cali living from the other side of the country, or all the way around the world.


Canvas Kicks: Part One, Converse

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

After what felt like the longest winter ever, spring is finally here. Now while it still might be a little chilly out that doesn’t mean you should wait till it’s full on summer to start steppin’ your footwear game up. Picking out the perfect warm weather kicks can be a terrifying, unforgivable process. The last thing you want to do is end up with a lame pair that won’t do you, your wardrobe, or feet any justice. Don’t stress out too much though; we’ve got you covered.

In honor of warmer and much more enjoyable days ahead, we here at DNA Footwear have put together a small list of a few brands and their canvas constructed offerings.

To kick things off right, (no pun intended) we have to stick to the classics. Few pairs say summertime fly the way Converse All-Stars and a fresh pair of Purcell’s do. Once considered top of the line “performance” shoes, today both the All-Star and Purcell have stepped off their respective courts and become staple casual footwear pieces. Now, while both builds are without a doubt older than everyone wearing them, that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of turning a few heads this summer. Continuing to improve on aesthetics, while remaining true to the brands classic roots, Converse has made sure the shoes stay relevant making use of not only an impressive and wide selection of colors, but by implementing prints like camo, paisley, pin-stripes and many more.

PONY, A New York Original

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Don’t call it a comeback.

PONY is making sure summer 2014 belongs to the New York originals. Established on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan in the early 70’s, PONY’s been on a bit of a stateside hiatus, but in the 8 short months PONY’s been back home, the Product of New York line has launched a massive welcome back campaign on their old stomping grounds of NYC.

Taking complete advantage of the recent retro craze, PONY is taking a serious cool kid approach to the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection, reaching deep into their throwback catalog and putting together some impressive colorways of MUST have retro offerings. Perfect examples of said retros are the leather constructed takes on the Topstar and Topstar high or the canvas built Slamdunk low. Each originally designed for the hard-wood, the street worthy kicks now boast premium constructions with a series of contrasting elements in the form of multiple PONY branding. This summer is for sure looking like a #summerofpony. What silhouettes are you guys feeling? Personally the Slamdunk is pretty much the truth in my opinion; so what PONY kicks are you coppin’ and rockin’ this summer?

(All photos courtesy of the PONY Spring 2014 Lookbook.)

Just In: Vans Summertime Collaborations

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

 

No stranger to collaborative works, over the past decade Vans has teamed with some of the biggest names across all boards. As part of the brand’s spring offerings, Vans has decided to include a few tag-team efforts in their lineup.

Working alongside the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (or ASPCA), Vans has created a two part collection dedicated to the animals in our lives. The first, a Sk8-Hi Slim rocks a dog printed quarter-panel with black suede toe and heel, paired alongside contrast white stitching. The second pair, a Vans Authentic, pays homage to our feline friends and features an allover kitty print paired with white laces.

Following the two piece ASPCA collection, the second Vans collab is a must have for any Beatles fan. Taking cues from the “Yellow Submarine” film and album, the collection includes four classic Vans (Sk8-Hi Reissue, Slip-On, Authentic, and Era) silhouettes, three of which make use of imagery directly inspired by specific parts of the movie, while the Authentic rocks an all-over “All You Need is Love” print.

Keds

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Did you know the work “Sneaker” was created in 1916 by Keds! That’s right, Nike, Reebok etc owe this worldwide terminology to Keds. The iconic brand has been a part of some defining moments in history, making appearances in such shows as Happy Days, Saved by the Bell and movies such as Dirty Dancing (we all remember Jennifer Grey’s character, Baby’s famous dance scene on the stone stairs and bridge in her white Keds) and Twilight. Keds has even been a part of a few infamous moments in celebrity history, remember a shaved-head Brittney Spears and the umbrella incident? Yep, she was wearing Keds. Today celebs and the mere mortals who love them are still captivated by these comfy and iconic shoes. Designers and brands like Tracy Reese, Alice + Olivia, Madewell, and Steven Alan are just a few that have collaborated with the famous brand. The iconic shoes are available in solids and prints, slip-on and laced up styles.

 


The Champion has been the go-to Keds style sneaker since its creation. This season, Keds introduces some fun and whimsical prints which give a playfully modern touch to this classic silhouette. Show your love with the Champion Love Print Slip-On, rock the leopard-print flat trend celebs are loving right now with the Champion Animal Print Sneaker. Not a fan of leopard, try zebra with the Champion Zebra Print Laceless Sneaker, or if you just a print that’s a bit more girly, be like Elle Fanning and go for the Champion Floral Sneaker.

 

By Dynelle Skinner

New Balance – New Style

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

It’s officially summer, and though you may only see your sneakers as a workout tool, they can also be a great way to add casual coolness to your sporty look. Gone are the days when sneakers were made from rubber, we’re seeing more fashion touches added to this American staple. Want a lightweight canvas sneakers? – it’s done! How about denim to match that cool new jacket you just bought? – no problem! New Balance, which has been making sneakers since the 1960’s, has some great sneakers which feature these cool fashion additions.

W410BD Sneaker - Blue Denim U455BKL Casual Sneaker - Black
U420 MOS Casual Sneaker - Brown Women's CPT Casual Athletic Sneaker - White Teal

For denim lovers, you’ll love the U455BKL Casual Sneaker or the W410BD Sneaker, whether you wear blue or black denim. If Linen or Canvas is more style, go for the CPT Casual Athletic Sneaker and enjoy a cool breathable look; the extra thick rubber sole adds a modern touch to this everyday sneaker. If you want the combination of luxe and breathable comfort, then the U420 MOS Casual Sneaker, which features both suede and mesh materials will fit your needs.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

Footwear News: Karl Lagerfeld Launches Lower-priced Line, Karl

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

karl

The man can do no wrong — Karl Lagerfeld, the “king” of fashion, never fails to amaze us with his many styling and design talents (not to mention the 30 iPads he carries with him at all times). Lager­feld’s dif­fu­sion line, Karl, launched January 25th and is sold exclusively online at Net-a-Porter.

Alike to his own personal style, the budget collection features black and white clothing and accessories retailing from $50 for a canvas tote to aprox. $1,000 for leather pieces. As to be expected, Karl’s trademark fingerless leather gloves make an appearance as do fabulous faux colors. Among the 70-piece collection are 8 pairs of shoes, from metallic sneakers to gladiator sandals, the footwear is simple yet impressive.

We can handle the trademark Karl profile on the tees and tanks, but what about the shoes?! Walking with the support of Lagerfeld on your soles would sure put a pep in our step (we’re just sayin…it’s suggestion for the next collection).

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Footwear Collaboration Alert: Converse + Marimekko

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

converse marimekko

When classic brands like Converse team up with major design houses like Marimekko, consumers are sure to be impressed. The Scandinavian design house, Marimekko, is best known for their iconic 1964 poppy print, which has inspired collaborations with Crate and Barrel, Havaianas, and now Converse. They are again bringing their prints to life, this time on your feet!

Available in many different styles, ranging from blue polka dots to psychedelic reds and oranges, the collection is currently on sale. Now through 1/22 you can nab this printastic collection at an additional 25% off already marked down prices! If prints aren’t your thing and your more of classic Converse gal or guy don’t worry we’ve still got you covered!

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By: Ashley Tschudin